Monthly Archives: September 2018

Austal Awarded Contract for Two Additional US Navy Ships

Joint Media Release
Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Steven Ciobo MP In another win for Australian defence industry, Austal will build two more warships for the United States Navy.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, today congratulated Austal after being awarded a contract to build two additional Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships.

Schools Pathways Programme Grant Recipients

Young Australians will learn about the career opportunities available within the growing defence industry sector through new Schools Pathways Programme Grants.
The Re-Engineering Australia Foundation and Regional Development Australia – Hunter have been awarded this year’s Schools Pathways Programme Grants.
The grants will be used to facilitate student collaboration with industry partners and equip students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills and knowledge they need to pursue further education, training and careers in defence industry.

Billion dollar investment in Defence fuel

The Defence Fuel Transformation Program will deliver a safer, simpler and a more assured Defence fuel network in partnership with industry.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the Federal Government approval of the Program, valued at $1.1 billion over the next 30 years.
“The Program will make targeted investments in the Defence fuel network to seize immediate opportunities to improve flexibility and increase the level of industry collaboration,” Minister Pyne said.

Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations.

Defence Innovation Hub Investment Creates Industry Jobs

The Defence Innovation Hub continues to award contracts to enhance Defence capability through innovation.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced three more Defence Innovation Hub contracts, investing $7.8 million in promising ideas that could provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with new and enhanced capabilities.
“This Government is continuing to develop a robust Australian defence industry that is innovative, sustainable and globally competitive,” Minister Pyne said.

Appointment of the head of Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

Joint media release
Minister for Defence, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Steven Ciobo MP Mr Anthony Fraser, AO, CSC has been appointed as the head of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) in the Department of Defence. He will lead CASG at a time of unprecedented investment in Australian Defence capability.

Chief of Army meets with Japanese and US Military Commanders in Adelaide

The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr AO, DSC, MVO today met with Military Commanders from Japan and the United States, for the sixth annual Trilateral Senior Level Seminar (TSLS) in Adelaide, South Australia.
The seminar facilitated strategic-level dialogue between the Australian Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and US Military Forces.

Gear of the future for our troops

The Morrison Government has approved a project to enhance and continuously improve the equipment used by the Australian Defence Force.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Integrated Soldier Systems project, valued at up to $1 billion over its 13-year life cycle, would deliver a range of items of equipment to the ADF for use by our troops.
“We’re taking a flexible approach here,” said Minister Pyne, “investing up to $240 million between now and 2023, with the flexibility to update and change things as technology develops into the future.”

Australian industry develops tool against terrorism

Australian industry has developed a unique device capable of rapidly detecting homemade explosives, providing security agencies with a powerful tool against terrorism.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne, launched a prototype of the Greyscan explosive detection device while visiting the Grey Innovation Group facilities in Melbourne.
“I commend Grey Innovation Group on this pioneering product which will help make Australians safer. It is yet another example of Australian innovation delivering critical capability,” Minister Pyne said.